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Taiwan reports three new imported COVID-19 cases

ROC Central News Agency

12/26/2020 03:43 PM

Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) Taiwan reported three additional imported cases of COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 783, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The center said the first and second of the three new cases involved two fishery workers from the Philippines, who arrived in Taiwan along with 28 other migrant fishing workers on Dec. 9, all of whom presented negative COVID-19 reports made three days before they boarded their flights.

Neither of them had shown any symptoms during their 14 days of mandatory quarantine, the CECC said. After their quarantine ended, however, they were tested again on Dec. 24 and their tests returned positive, the CECC said.

The center said the 28 workers arrived with the two infected Filipinos who initially tested negative, all of whom have been placed in seven-day self-health management.

The CECC added that after the end of their self-health management, the 28 workers will be tested again, and only when the tests confirm no infection will they be allowed to work for their employers.

The third case, the CECC said, involves a fishery worker from Indonesia who arrived in Taiwan on Dec. 10, holding a negative test report made three days before he boarded his flight.

According to the CECC, the Indonesian worker showed no symptoms during his quarantine, but on Dec. 25 -- one day after the end of his quarantine -- he took another test, the results on Saturday of which pointed to an infection.

The CECC said it has traced 24 people who had contact with the Indonesian fishery worker, and since they had been well-protected while they were traveling with the Indonesian, have been only placed in self-health management.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said the people traced for their contacts with a New Zealand pilot who was confirmed as an imported case on Dec. 20, tested negative.

Chen, who also heads the CECC, said the negative results of the contacts of the New Zealander, who is suspected of spreading the virus to two other pilots who were both categorized as imported cases, and to a Taiwanese woman who was categorized as a local case, was good news.

The woman, who had close contact with the New Zealander, tested positive on Tuesday, breaking a 253-day COVID-19-free streak in Taiwan, which raised concerns about the disease and plunged the local equity market.

As of Saturday, Taiwan had recorded 783 cases of COVID-19, 688 of which have been classified as imported. Of the total, 647 have recovered, 129 are hospitalized and seven have died, CECC data shows.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 has infected about 78.99 million people in 191 countries and regions worldwide, with more than 1.75 million fatalities, according to CECC statistics as of Saturday, according to the CECC.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Frances Huang)

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